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Swindon cyclist dies after hitting parked lorry

Rider succumbed to injuries two days after collision

A cyclist from Swindon has died after riding into a parked lorry.

The 54-year-old man, who has not been named, died on Saturday, April 25 as a result of injuries sustained on Thursday.

He was was riding a black and white bike north west along the A 419 Cirencester Road, Latton when he collided with the rear of a parked lorry at around 3.50pm on Thursday April 23.

He sustained a significant head injury and a broken neck and was taken to Swindon's Great Western Hospital and then on to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He sadly passed away on Saturday.

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service said: "We were called to Cirencester Road at 3.51pm by the police to a road traffic collision, where we found one male casualty who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

"CPR was carried out at the scene and the male was transported to Great Western Hospital before being transferred to Southmead by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance."

Police ask that anyone with information on the incident should call PC Tatem on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

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